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Rainy Lake

Rainy Pass (Highway 20), North Cascades National Park, WA
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The road to rainy lake is usually closed after mid-Nov. But this year (2014) we got extremely lucky and found ourself enjoying more than a week's sunny but cold days, and the road was open! The lake was completely frozen, people was skating on it, and the scenery was stunning. Totally worth it.

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Picture Butte, ALberta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was an easy hike (paved path the entire way) to a pretty lake at the end. $5.00 to use the trail (or a park pass) which was very reasonable.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We went to the wrong car park at first but soon realised our mistake. Found a spot to park and then walked the lake did not dissapoint, it was lovely and peaceful. I liked the sings on the trees as it made the walk more interesting. Go there and relax.

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
69 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

A short easy trail in the North Cascade Scenic Highway a few miles after the Washington Pass Look out Post. The Trail is completely paved and is suitable for children and elderly.The trail is about two miles bothway and you have a look at a wonderful lake and scenic mountains at the end of the trail.The only snag is that... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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73 reviews 73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a very easy hike, one mile in and one mile back. The trail is completely paved and level and hence friendly for small children, those who have some mobility constraints, or (in our case) those who have already had a full day of vigorous hiking and are tired but wish to get in one last gentle walk before... More 

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Winthrop, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Great place to stretch the legs if driving the N. Cascades Hwy. There are no easy trails bast the overlook at the end of the paved trail.

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Simi Valley, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
53 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We did the Rainy Lake hike after coming off of a 7.8 mile hike from Maple Pass. We were there so we continued on to Rainy Lake as we had heard from another hiker that there was a moose there earlier in the morning. So we make it to the lake, but with the fires that were going on in... More 

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oosterzele
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

this is a very nice trip of only 2 miles (roundtrip).No elevation. Behind the lake is the Lyall Glacier with his falls. Trip of one hour.

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Putnam, Connecticut
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207 reviews 207 reviews
25 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

If you have a physical condition that keeps you off steep trails, the walk to Rainy Lake is a great choice. It is a paved, wheelchair-accessible trail, 1 mile in and 1 mile out, almost entirely shaded until you reach the lake. The lake is very scenic and as nice as many you see higher up in the mountains. You... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Rainy Lake is a beautiful turquoise lake in the middle of a glacial cirque, so the snow-streaked hills rise sharply around the water, and cascades plummet long distances to the surface below. The hike is handicapped-accessible and very pleasant, with great interpretive signs along the way. Round trip, it's only about a two-mile stroll, all very flat. Note that it... More 

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